Enhanced Animal Surveillance for Super Bowl XLIX in Maricopa County, Arizona, 2015

From December 2014 to February 2015, Maricopa County, Arizona was the host site for several high profile events, including Super Bowl, Pro Bowl, and Fiesta Bowl. Public health officials were allocated with implementing numerous enhanced surveillance activities to quickly identify health risks to the public. These included laboratory-based surveillance, mortality surveillance, and syndromic surveillance at select hospitals, urgent cares, hotels, and on-site at the events.

September 29, 2017

Facilitating Cross-Sectoral Collaboration Through One Health Country-Level Work Groups

Zoonotic diseases compose a large proportion of the disease burden faced by African countries (e.g. Ebola). A One Health approach to disease control has been embraced across the continent, yet public health and veterinary surveillance systems in most countries remained vertically isolated under separate Ministries. Data exchange, if it occurs, is ad hoc and informal.

October 05, 2017

Georgia's Choice: Moving One Health Forward

Anthrax is endemic and enzootic in Georgia with cases being registered since 1881 with over 2000 foci identified. Since 2005, 439 laboratory confirmed and 211 probable human cases and 190 laboratory confirmed animal cases have been registered. A case-control study performed in 2012 by the National Centre for Disease Control and Public Health (NCDC), National Food Agency (NFA) and the Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program (FELTP) found the main transition routes for human cases are slaughtering diseased animals and handling raw meat without protective equipment.

October 05, 2017

Approach to zoonoses in the context of One Health

Zoonotic diseases constitute about 70% of the emerging or reemerging diseases in the world; they affect many animals, cause many economic loses, and have a negative effect on public health. As a tropical country, Cuba is not exempt from the occurrence of this type of illness. There are many risk factors present such as climate change, natural disasters, bird migrations, vector species, the entry of Cuban travelers into endemic areas, the increase of commercial and touristic exchange, and the increase of agricultural activities including animals raised in urban areas.

September 25, 2017

Enhancing Nebraska's Rabies Surveillance using Electronic Public Health Cases Reports and ESSENCE

Accurate and timely reporting of animal rabies test results and potential human exposures is necessary to guide case management and define rabies epidemiology. Accordingly, Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (NDHHS) collaborated with Kansas State University Rabies Laboratory (KSU-RL) in 2011 to establish electronic laboratory reporting (ELR) of animal rabies test results to Nebraska's Electronic Disease Surveillance System (NEDSS). If a potential human rabies exposure is verified, NDHHS authorizes state-paid rabies testing through a contractual agreement with KSU-RL.

September 29, 2017

Making health measurable IHME and the Global Burden of Disease

Overview of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation


William Heisel, Director of Global Engagement, IHME 

July 05, 2017

Cross-Disciplinary Consultancy to Enhance Predictions of Asthma Exacerbation Risk in Boston

This paper continues an initiative conducted by the International Society for Disease Surveillance with funding from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency to connect near-term analytical needs of public health practice with technical expertise from the global research community.  The goal is to enhance investigation capabilities of day-to-day population health monitors.

March 24, 2017

Analysis of Alternatives for Combined and/or Collaborative Syndromic Surveillance Within DoD and VA

The Joint Incentive Fund (JIF) Authorization creates innovative DoD/VA sharing initiatives. In 2009, DoD and VA commenced a biosurveillance JIF project whose principle objectives include improved situational awareness of combined VA/ DoD populations 1 and determining the optimal business model allowing both agency biosurveillance programs to operate more efficiently by: 1) consolidating information technology assets; 2) targeting enhanced collaboration for improved public health outcomes; and 3) improving buying power, and return on investment.

August 23, 2017

Developing the Scalable Data Integration for Disease Surveillance (SDIDS) Platform

Electronic data that could be used for global health surveillance are fragmented across diseases, organizations, and countries. This fragmentation frustrates efforts to analyze data and limits the amount of information available to guide disease control actions. In fields such as biology, semantic or knowledge-based methods are used extensively to integrate a wide range of electronically available data sources, thereby rapidly accelerating the pace of data analysis.

August 28, 2017

Creating a Universal Data Release Policy Across Programs in a State Health Department

The introduction of electronic health systems has led to easier collation, compilation, and analysis of data as well as easier access. For data to be put to be impactful use, it must be shared both for research and decision making purposes. Data sharing and release should neither compromise privacy nor lead to wrong conclusions. The need to share information that guides policies and decision making should be balanced with the need for the data to be reliable.

August 31, 2017


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